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home : community news : community news May 23, 2017

5/19/2017 4:37:00 PM
This Markay star is God's
Jackson resident Glenna Reed spearheads successful fundraiser
The indomitable spirit and positive attitude of Jackson resident Glenna Reed can clearly be seen in this recent photo. It was she who spearheaded a fund drive to sponsor a sidewalk star for the Markay which honors God and the belief that with Him “all things are possible.”

The indomitable spirit and positive attitude of Jackson resident Glenna Reed can clearly be seen in this recent photo. It was she who spearheaded a fund drive to sponsor a sidewalk star for the Markay which honors God and the belief that with Him “all things are possible.”

Come next Sunday, there will be 12 new bronze stars encased in the sidewalk front entrance of the Markay Cultural Arts Center in downtown Jackson. Eleven of the stars are dedicated in honor of people who are or were notable Markay donors or supporters, but one star will be dedicated to another important being -- God.

Jackson resident Glenna Reed, who is a walking testament to the power of religious faith and human courage, will likely be flashing her characteristic big smile when the Markay sidewalk stars are officially unveiled at a public ceremony set for 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28. It was she who personally spearheaded the fundraising drive to collect the required $15,000 for the God Star.

The Markay Sidewalk of Stars was developed as a fundraising project, but it will also serve as a celebration and as a visible and permanent confirmation of the 20-year project to renovate the old theater's deteriorating auditorium into a state-of-the-art performing arts facility.

Reed, who was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer in August 2014, has not let the disease shake her faith in God or keep her from supporting and being involved in many worthy community projects and events. One of them was leading a campaign to raise money for a Markay sidewalk star she has labeled as "God's Star." She shared her personal story and invited churches, families, friends and businesses to donate money to make God's Star a reality.

"It was in my heart to see a star just for God instead of having a star inlayed with any name," Reed wrote in a fundraising letter. "I had a different idea. Let's have the name above all names, the one name that truly makes a difference, GOD. What a great, yet simple way to etch in stone (or into bronze, as in our case) in our streets to share that truth and lifeline with everyone."

Reed's dream did indeed become reality when a large donation from Douglas and Jennifer (French) Yunker put the God's Star fund drive over the top. Jennifer is a 1975 graduate of Jackson High School and daughter of longtime Jackson residents Owen and Patty French.

Reed would like to publicly thank all the following donors who made God's Star possible:

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Douglas and Jennifer (French) Yunker, Owen and Patty French, Joe and Michelle (French) Sweeny; Mary Dill; Lisa Elliot; Cathy Greene; John and Susan Hoyt; The Study Club, James and Carolyn Adams, Robert and Carol Anderson, Thomas and Katherine Bragg, Phillip and Lisa Burns, Cutting Edge/Katrina Campbell, Gwyn and Gloria Carlisle, Rebecca Hughes/Faith Ministry Center, Daniel and Tina Fulks, James and Emma Garcia, Hamilton Financial Services/Virgil and Lee Hamilton, Jackson Monument Company, Jackson Mothers' Club, Jackson Rotary Club, Kevin and Shadra Jenkins, Collen M. Jones, Phil and Janie Karl, David L. King, Bryan and Leslie Leach, Martha McCorkle, Pinnacle Building Service/Christine Meade, Rick and Deb Patrick, David and Jennifer Paugh, Glen Pauley, Eileen Rupert, High Praise Ministries, Jane Withrow, Kenneth and Shirley Wyant, Randall and Jennifer Williams, Brian and Amy Bevins, David and Ginger Evans, Jackson Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mitch Fields, Robert and Marjorie McCoy, Jon and Beverly Ondera, Fern Pickenpaugh, Dana and Ruth Annette Reed, Brett and Glenna Reed, Carl and Kimberly Riegel, Carl and Cheryl Roddenberry, ServPro/Travis and Jennifer Hughes, and Paul and Gilda Sites.

Reed added, "I would also like to offer my heartfelt thanks to those who helped see the God Star project through to the end - Nea Stockmeister Henry, Jennifer Hughes, and especially Barbara Summers, who was very instrumental in the restoration of the Markay and God Star project."

For the inscribed words on God's Star, Reed has chosen Ohio's state motto, "With God, All Things Are Possible," with the follow-up line of "No one fights alone." While she personally believes in and lives those words, she was also inspired by the story behind how the state motto came to be.

Back in 1957, 10-year-old Jimmy Mastranardo of Hartwell, Ohio was working on a social studies assignment about the states and their capitals when he discovered that Ohio was the only state without a motto. Jimmy reported his finding in a "letter to the editor" to the Cincinnati Enquirer and suggested that the state government should adopt "With God, All Things Are Possible" as the official state motto.

The youngster's idea caught fire. State legislators contacted him, he spoke at the Ohio Statehouse and launched a petition drive which gathered 18,000 signatures. Fifteen months later, "With God, All Things Are Possible" became Ohio's motto.

What wasn't widely known at the time, but was publicized in a 1998 column by Cincinnati Enquirer columnist Cliff Radel, was how young Jimmy came up with that motto. Mastronardo told Radel that his mother used that phrase, "With God, All Things Are Possible" and that the words were therefore ingrained in his consciousness.

And where did his mother get that phrase? From the Bible. In Matthew 19:26, Jesus said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

Mastronardo, by the way, is now 67 years old and lives in Fort Wright, Kentucky. He would no doubt be proud that his proposal of many years ago continues to inspire others nearly 60 years later.





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